Florida Strawberry

Florida Strawberry Festival’s Featured Fruit Comes From UF/IFAS Research

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry

(UF/IFAS) — When you hear the words “Plant City,” what comes to mind? Strawberries, probably. As thousands of people come to Plant City for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival this month, many will eat various types of the fruit. They may be surprised to learn that University of Florida scientists toil in nearby labs and fields to develop the best …

Managing Black Rot in Cabbage

Ashley Robinson Florida, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Ashley Robinson Florida’s warm and wet climate can create the optimal environment for a multitude of cabbage diseases. Black rot is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. Campestris is a significant issue for Florida cabbage growers. Not only can this disease cause major losses, but once a field is infected, it is difficult to get rid of the disease. “Black rot …

Research Underway for Florida Artichoke Production

Ashley Robinson Florida, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Ashley Robinson Despite California producing 99 percent of commercially grown artichokes in the United States, researchers at the University of Florida are hoping to profitably produce the antioxidant-rich superfood in the Sunshine State. Artichokes flourish in a cool environment and generally require 250 to 500 cumulative hours below 50 degrees for bud formation. Therefore, bud formation must be artificially …

Breeding Tastier Tomatoes in Different Environments

Ashley Robinson Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

(UF/IFAS) — A University of Florida tomato expert is calling on researchers worldwide to use genetics to help farmers grow tastier tomatoes in many geographic locations. Consumers crave tasty tomatoes, but the trick comes in growing flavorful fruit in different environments, said Jay Scott, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) professor emeritus. “I am proposing a worldwide …

Scientists Seeking New Solutions for Fruit Fly Control

Ashley Robinson Pests, Research, Top Posts

(UF/IFAS) — In the home, they seem to appear out of nowhere. A piece of fruit is placed on the kitchen counter, and suddenly there’s a fruit fly. But the bug commonly referred to as a fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, may more accurately be called a vinegar fly, with an appetite for rotting fruits. Instead, it’s a cousin, Drosophila suzukii, also known …

tomato diseases

Drones Detect Two Tomato Diseases With 99 Percent Accuracy

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Technology, Tomatoes, Top Posts

(UF/IFAS) — New technology being developed by University of Florida scientists identifies two dangerous tomato diseases with 99 percent accuracy. This finding is critical because diseases can cost growers millions of dollars annually in the state’s third most valuable crop. Thus, the earlier farmers detect those ailments, the better their chances of treating them before the diseases cause excessive damage. …

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Light Bulb Moments in the Improvement of Greenhouse Growing

Dan Cooper Georgia, Horticulture, Industry News Release, Research

By Aaron Hale (UGA/CAES) — The illuminated light bulb. It’s the symbol of a great idea come to life. Erico Mattos’ big idea doesn’t reinvent that iconic bulb exactly but reimagines how it can be used. Around the globe, greenhouses grow fruits and vegetables to provide a healthy food supply year-round. But as reliable as the sun is for providing light …

Managing Fusarium Wilt and Whiteflies in Watermelon

Ashley Robinson Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Ashley Robinson Fusarium wilt is one of the most serious and difficult diseases to manage in watermelons and occurs in most production regions worldwide. The fungal disease can be seedborne and has great longevity in the soil, allowing the infested soil to also serve as a source of infection. FUSARIUM WILT Fusarium wilt has been a recurring issue for …